Fourth Street ->> Faq Fourth Street


To review and test your knowledge, you should take the subsequent quick quiz. Then we should move on to the fifth street, where the action would pick up and the bets would increase.

1.) In middle position, you had held a split pair of 10s and two medium kickers. One of your 10s was dead. A player with an ace and king showing on the board had bet two dollars, and a pair of 5s on the board raised the betting to four dollars. It was now one big bet to you. You knew that no other 5s were dead. Would you have folded, called or raised?
Ans : Folded. One of your 10s was already dead, your kickers were not of good quality, and a raise from the pair of 5s was a good indicator that the player had probably improved to two pair or possibly trips. Calling one small bet would be okay, but you wouldn’t want to call a full bet with those lousy kickers and a dead 10.

2.) You had held two pair, queens and 5s. One of your 5s was dead. There was one small pair on the board, and, since your queens were showing on the board, you were first to act. Would you have brought it in for the minimum or the maximum?
Ans : Betted the maximum. You could have been up against trips from the small pair, but your concern was to protect your two pair. It was a good hand, but you would have liked to win even if your hand had not improved. Bet the full amount, and make other players who are on draws think long and hard about staying in. Ideally, you would be heads up against the player who had the smaller pair. If not, at least you would have cut the field.

3.) You had a split pair of 5s on the third street, which hadn’t improved on the fourth street. Three of your cards were suited, however, and you had two good kickers: an ace and a queen. Only one queen was dead, and you hadn’t seen many of your suit on the board. Your 5s were also live. You were in middle position, it was one small bet to you, and there was nothing too threatening on the board – just a small pair, who had bet the minimum. Would you have folded, called or raised?
Ans : Called. You were an underdog to make a flush, but several things were working in your favor here – good kickers, live cards to improve to trips, and a three-flush. Calling even one big bet was justifiable here given your good overcards, but any more than that and you would have had to fold.

4.) You had limped in with a split pair of deuces on the third street, and it had now improved to trips. Your other card was a king, and while all the kings were still live, the other deuce had been dealt to another player. You were in late position, and it was one big bet to you – a small pair had bet two dollars and was raised by a player with a jack and a 10 on the board. There was one other caller. Would you have raised or called?
Ans : Raised. Don’t feel to uncomfortable about doing so, even if it was big bet to you. Your goal was to narrow the field as much as possible. If you were re-raised, just call, but with a hand as good as trips after your fourth card, protect it. You want to win with just that, in case you hadn’t filled up.

5.) You had started out with three-to-a-flush, but the fourth card had brought no help. You had seen four of your suit fall to other players. You had an ace as a high card, but the rest of your cards were relatively small. You were in early position, and while there were no pairs on the board, the player who had bet ahead of you had bet the minimum. Would you have called?
Ans : Folded. Mucked this hand. Too many cards of your needed suit were already gone, and you had mediocre kickers. Facing high odds and having poor kickers, don’t try to beat the odds. The pot was too small right now to be giving you good pot odds, so fold and wait for the better hand.

6.)You had started out by limping in with three-to-a-straight: a5, a 6, and a 7. A trey was dealt to you on fourth street. You had seen one 4 fall. You were in middle position, and a pair of 9s had bet four dollars. There were several callers, including another small pair. Would you have called?

Ans : Folded. Calling with live cards would be okay if your straight were open-ended, but because you were on a gutshot (inside) straight draw here, fold. There were only three cards in the deck that could help you, and with a small, low-quality straight, it was not worth sticking around.

7.) You had started out with three-to-a-straight, and you hadn’t improved. You did have several big cards – a jack, queen and king – and only one queen was dead. You were in late position, and the board looked weak with no pairs. An ace-high had bet two dollars to you. Would you have stayed in?
Ans : Called. It was just one small bet, you had big cards, and because you were in late position, you had the chance to see what the other players had done. Go ahead and stick around in hopes that you’ll get another card to your straight draw, or perhaps a big pairs.

8.) You had started with a three-flush that had improved to a four-flush. Three of the cards of your suit had fallen. You were in late position, and you had faced one big bet – an open pair of 10s raised the small bet. There had been two callers, and you had been the fifth person in the pot. Would you have stayed in?
Ans : Called. Ideally, the bigger your cards were the better, but with four-to-a-flush on the fourth street, you had a great shot to make the flush.

9.) You had a small four-straight. Only one of your cards was dead, and your straight was open-ended. A pair of aces had brought in the betting for four dollars, and it was promptly raised by a pair of queens. Would you have stayed in?

Ans : Folded. You may have had a great shot to make your straight, but a straight wasn’t going to win this pot. The players may have just two pair or trips (which a straight would beat), but with three cards yet to come, they had a great shot to beat you. Save yourself the eight dollars.

10.) You had limped in as the bring-in bet on third street, but you had three big card – a 10, a queen, and an ace. Now you had got a 9. The board looked weak, and when it came to you, it was just one small bet. Would you have called or folded?
Ans : Folded. This was a trap, and it was easy to fall into it. It was only two bucks, and the board looked lousy, so why not stay in, right? Wrong! Staying in would cost you money. You had a few big cards, but you wanted three-to-a-flush or straight even to consider limping in. Folding the hand and waiting until you get a pair or better drawing hands possibility.